Another ONE MILLION POUNDS is being provided by the council to support community projects.

Wychavon District councillors have agreed to launch a fourth, and final, round of the Community Legacy Grant scheme.

The money comes from the New Homes Bonus which Wychavon receives from central government for every new home that is built and occupied in the area.

Typically, this money is used to support services however Wychavon council decided to invest a large chunk of it in community projects.

Councillor Rob Adams, executive board member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport on Wychavon District Council, said: “Through our Community Legacy Grants scheme we have been able to support many innovative and ambitious projects that are going to leave lasting benefits for residents across our district for years to come.”

Since the scheme launched in 2018, almost £3million has been committed to 27 projects across the area however so far only nine have been fully completed, with almost £1.7million spent.

Local projects include the renovation of the Evesham Lock island building and new village halls in Honeybourne and Whittington.

Additionally, a piece of land in Badsey is to be turned into allotments, an orchard and a burial ground.

Elsewhere in the district, the money has been used to fund an augmented reality smartphone app to support tourism in Droitwch Spa, refurbishments for village halls in Kemerton and Drakes Broughton, and a new community hub in Tibberton.

Applications for grants must be made by parish or town councils but can be led by a local community group.

Priority is being given to projects in areas that have seen a high level of new housing developments and have yet to receive funding from the scheme.

More information can be found here.